West Virginia Mountaineers Football 10-year Review
College Sports Fans reviews the West Virginia Mountaineers, one of the top NCAA college football programs
West Virginia Mountaineers Football
Consistency has been the name of the game for West Virginia in the last decade. The Mountaineers have appeared in a bowl game in every year dating back to 1996 accept for 1999 and 2001, which was an adjustment period with the end of famed coach Don Nehlen’s 20-year run and the start of the Rich Rodriguez era.
Despite a tremendous amount of success under the guise of Rodriguez (three-straight Big East titles from 2003-2005, and back-to-back 11-win seasons) West Virginia has only recently gotten national recognition in the last two seasons. Part of the reason is due in part to the sudden rise of the Big East Conference as a whole. The addition of Louisville a few years ago gave the conference another top tier team, and the emergence of Rutgers last season gave the Big East another marquee name. Of course the star power of quarterback Pat White and tailback Steve Slaton have helped bring West Virginia’s name to the masses as well.
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West Virginia should likely continue its winning ways for a few more years to come. White and Slaton are both juniors, so this could be their final year at the collegiate level, especially for Slaton. If that is the case though, there are certainly some able-bodied individuals to fill their spots. Freshman running back Noel Devine has been nothing short of electrifying. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Devine is averaging a ridiculous 9.9 yards per carry this season and has found the end zone three times. The only reason he’s carried the ball just 32 times is because he plays behind Slaton and White. Freshman quarterback Charlie Russell was also a fairly big name out of high school, ranked 20th in the nation at the position by Scout.com.
This year’s signing class is shaping up to be another solid one. Rodriguez has already gotten a definite verbal commitment from four-star running back Terence Kearns of Hargrave Military Academy and has a soft verbal from John Jenkins, the nation’s top offensive guard.
By Joey Whelan, CollegeSports-fans.com Staff Writer
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